The fashion designer, Issey Miyake, who is a good friend of my family, has an anti-nuclear weapons op-ed in the New York Times.
If Mr. Obama could walk across the Peace Bridge in Hiroshima — whose balustrades were designed by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi as a reminder both of his ties to East and West and of what humans do to one another out of hatred — it would be both a real and a symbolic step toward creating a world that knows no fear of nuclear threat. Every step taken is another step closer to world peace.
My father’s good friend, Yamada Hisashi sensei of the Urasenke Chanoyu Center of New York City has passed.
The NY Times did a nice profile of Hisashi-san in 2008.
“There is no politics,” Mr. Yamada said. “No talk about who will be president in America or prime minister in Japan.”
While a tea ceremony might seem out of step with the pace of modern life, the Urasenke school has a waiting list for students.
“Once you begin the study of tea, it becomes a lifetime thing,” he said. As for those who think they are too busy to make time for tea, “You discover that you are not as busy as you think you are.”
First African-American president of the US.
First mixed-race president of the US.
The road ahead for everyone, not just in the US, will be very challenging. But we have the better of the two candidates to lead the US forward.